Harley wins big race at Royal Ascot

Tom Comack

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Tom Comack

Harley wins big race at Royal Ascot
Donegal jockey Martin Harley is celebrating his first win at Royal Ascot.

Donegal jockey Martin Harley is celebrating his first win at Royal Ascot.

The Letterkenny jockey rode the 20/1 outsider Elider to victory in the King George V Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting on Thursday.

Elider, trained by Mick Channon, had a length to spare over the 16/1 shot Spaceship, who was second with the favourite Bold Sniper, 7/2 back in third place.

“It is a fantastic feeling to win at Royal Ascot, I will never forget my first one at this meeting. The first is always the best,” said 22 year-old Harley.

“It was quite a rough race from half-way but he picked up really good furlong and a half out.”

Martin is one of the rising young Irish jockeys. He was champion apprentice in 2011.

Martin had his first classic winner last year when he rode Samitar to win the surprise the Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh. In that race he beat the front-runner and English Guineas winner Homecoming Queen.